Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Road To Good Intentions Is Paved With Hell

It may seem on the surface like a horrible forsaking of the troops for Congress to propose a bill to stop war funding by the end of 2008. I don't think it is, though, no matter how much of a spin the Bush Administration and its Neocronies put on it. Determined to not see the War in Iraq turn into another Vietnam, where we spent over a full decade wasting billions of dollars killing tens of thousands of soldiers in a war that neither the American people or the people we were trying to protect actually wanted, ultimately accomplishing absolutely nothing, the Democratic Congress is going to either end it or expose George W. Bush as the heinous, hellbent, warmongering dictator that almost seventy percent of America have come to realize that he is.

I think Bush has yet to realize just what a beautiful corner he's being painted into. His two options are to either pass funding legislation that has a definite troop withdrawal deadline, or Congress will pass legislation to cut funding for the Iraq War. Bush says he will definitely veto any funding bill that comes across his desk with a troop withdrawal deadline attached to it. Apparently, he thinks he has enough political pull left to flagrantly disregard a Congress that is hairline close to indicting him and a country full of people who would love to see him indicted. The only problem with this belief is that when your public approval rating is hovering somewhere in the upper twenties, you really don't have all that much political pull. Your strength as a President pretty much depends on how much the public approves of your effectiveness as a President, and right now that isn't a whole lot.

Still, a desperate Bush tries to use this development to cast the Democratic Congress in a negative light, making them look like traitors with no respect for the deployed troops and no regard for their safety. Actually, the safety of our troops is precisely what the Democrats have in mind, and it's actually Bush who continues to endager their lives in what is increasingly being revealed to be a foreign civil war, through which they're considered by either side to be no more than collateral damage or bargaining chips.

Apparently Bush believes that the American people are so stupid that they no longer remember which powers are given to which branches of the American government during a time of war. Unfortunately, this is probably also true. So allow me to regurgitate everything I can recall from my American government and social sciences classes in high school about thirteen years ago. (I'm going under the assumption that no major changes have been made to the Constitution over the past thirteen or so years.)
— The President commands the troops. He determines where the troops are to be sent and how many should be sent there.

— Congress actually makes the declaration of war and determines troop funding.
This was set up by our Founding Fathers to ensure that neither branch of government can have complete, totalitarian command of the American military, which is apparently something that Bush craves. If he didn't, he wouldn't be issuing Congress ultimatums to either use our military his way or his way. Congress is doing everything they legally have the power to do to end Bush's folly of an unjustified war, and not only is Bush blocking their every proposal, but he's attempting to manipulate his perception of the American people's poor grasp of government operations to make them look evil simply for wanting to end America's involvement in an unjustified war that is killing our troops and innocent bystanders and accomplishing nothing.

Bush states that failure to send him an acceptable war funding bill will threaten military equipment and training. I guess it's time we enter a new term into the George W. Bush dictionary:
Acceptable — Solely that which complies with the demands of George W. Bush.
What Bush doesn't want the American public to realize is that Congress is actually doing no such thing. They are not completely shutting off funding to the entire military, just to the overall war effort. Congress somehow irresponsibly feels that the billions of dollars per day that is being funnelled into a counterproductive military campaign could be better spent on other military requirements. Essentially, they are backing Bush into a corner where he has to either accept a funding proposal that measures his own assertions of success in Iraq with a definite timeline, or he loses funding to continue to wage a war that has since its inception been primarily about him. It's a no-win situation for Bush. If he loses his funding and continues to wage his war in spite of it, the blood of the soldiers will be on his hands. He may try to blame the Democrats, as he is wont to do, but the wise among us will only hear these as the final death cries of George Armstrong Custer or Napoleon Bonaparte as they similarly led their soldiers to their doom.

It's not to say that the Democratic Congress want to give up on Iraq; it's just they believe there are other ways to help rebuild the country than just blowing stuff up and sending more troops to die. Bush's foreign policy of charging into a country with guns blazing has proven time and time again to be nothing but a colossal failure, so why not try a different approach that no only can Bush not understand, but is apparently somewhat afraid of: Diplomacy. Unfortunately, it appears that, to Bush, the road to good intentions is paved with dead patriots. Or something like that.


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